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5 Ways to Bring Holiday Fun Into the Speech Room

By | Speech Therapy Ideas


I just love this time of year.  Holiday decorations are up, people are (generally) cheerful, kids (and teachers) are getting excited about the upcoming winter break, and we get to have fun with holiday activities.  I’m always looking for ways to bring the fun into my speech room.  This year, I decided to share some of my favorite activities for bringing the holiday fun into the speech room […]

1. Speech Room Elf on a Shelf – We have an elf at our house (Jingles) and I have several friends who are SLPs and/or teachers who have brought the fun of the elf into their classrooms.  I have not been able to “adopt” a speech room elf yet myself, but I think some of my students would absolutely LOVE to have one in the room.  Just think of all the great language you could work on each day while they look for the elf.  I’m thinking pronouns, prepositions, etc. A Google search for speech or classroom elf will yield TONS of great ideas for using an elf in your speech room.  Click HERE to see an older post from Jenna at Speech Room News about how she used her elf in speech. 

2. Use winter/holiday themed apps – I love the Articulate It app from Smarty Ears and it has themes you can change throughout the year.  The theme I am using now is the Christmas theme.  My students love that I can change the theme and get more into the holiday spirit. I also love Toca Hair Salon Christmas (free).  We use it to elicit language and also for reinforcement.  So fun!

3. Hide the present – this is another fun way to get students into the holiday spirit.  Place your activity for the day (artic cards, game, worksheets, etc.) into a wrapped box (with a lid for easy opening) and hide it before each session.  Have the students look for the present at the start of each session.  This will give them some excitement and curiosity as they open the gift to see what activity they will doing that day.

4. Craftivities!  I love doing craftivities in speech.  It breaks up the typical routine and gives students a finished product that they can show off to their class, teachers, and family…and gives them something to use for practice at home!  There are so many Christmas/winter/holiday themed craftivities out there.  An easy one to do is just a large piece of green construction paper cut into a triangle (tree) with circles of different color construction paper for ornaments.  I print out small pictures that go with my students goals (target phonemes, verbs, pronouns, vocab, etc.) and they just glue them onto the ornaments and then onto the tree. Another great craftivity can be found over at Allison’s Speech Peeps (pic below is from her blog).

http://speechpeeps.com/2012/12/christmas-speech-craftivity-freebie.html

5. Christmas/Holiday books – There are so many great holiday books for children and so many book companions on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I love to bring at least one holiday book into speech and base the lesson around the story.  One of my favorite Christmas stories is Oh, What a Christmas! I’ve been working on a book companion for this story, but it won’t be ready this Christmas…be sure to check back!

Happy Holidays!

December Lesson Plans & Activities for Speech & Language

By | SLP Resources

December is such a crazy month and I am always scrambling to get things done.  To help with prep time, I decided to plan for the next three weeks all at once.  I really want to use some of the great products I have purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers, so this was my chance to sift through my purchases and get organized.  I don’t have any winter or holiday themed products in my own store, so I’m relying on my fellow TPTers for activities this year.  I have so many great items already purchased and a FULL cart for the Cyber Monday sale and I can’t wait to use them. (Quick reminder: The sale is on Mon, Nov 30 – Tue, Dec 1.  Use the code SMILE at checkout to save an additional 10% off all purchases).

I am sharing a pdf of my plans HERE (dropbox link, but you do not need a dropbox account to view).  It’s not fancy, but it does have clickable links to each of the products I will be using.  Feel free to download and use it as a guide for your planning.

Here are some of the things we will be using in speech over the next few weeks […]

 For Articulation:
The Peachie Speechie’s Holiday M&M Challenge – My students love these because they get to take their candy home with them at the end of the session. I love them because it helps us keep track of our trials and get 100 in each session. I will pair this activity with my articulation cards and apps. 

TLC Talk Shop’s Winter Open Ended Games – This will work great paired with my articulation apps on the iPad and my articulation cards (which I will use for data collection before break).  I love the different activities included.

Teaching Talking’s Roll, Say and Color sheets from her Winter Themed Articulation Packet – These are great because all of my kiddos can have their own page for their target sound, but we can all do the same activity…and they can take their finished product home to practice their words.

Speech in  Bag, also by The Peachie Speechie – My kids will love decorating their bags with colors and holiday stickers.  Then they will get to take them home to practice over the break.

With my phonological students I will be using Kristine Lamb’s Grab N’ Go Phonological Processes.  I love how organized these packs are.  Just grab and go!

For Language:
Speech Therapy Fun’s No Print Christmas Language and Articulation – I am so excited to have a no print activity to use on the iPad or computer.  It has several different activities included, but my students will be working on pronouns, wh- questions, and categories.

Panda Speech’s No Prep Christmas Language – This packet includes print an go sheets for a variety of goals.  I’m especially excited about this one!

I also have several middle school aged students.  These groups will be using The Peachie Speechie’s I Mustache You a Question Conversation Starters.  We will be working on articulation carryover, as well as conversational skills and social skills.  I will be collecting data and recording progress using The Speech Bubble’s Social Language and Pragmatics Rubrics

My middle schoolers will also be working on multiple meaning words using the Middle School Multiple Meaning Words Bundle by Natalie Snyders.

I’m still looking for a quick, holiday activity for my middle school students to complete, but our sessions are so quick I may not have time for one.  Comment below if you have any suggestions!